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Rashida Jolley Reaches Hundreds of Teens with Abstinence Message

Rashida Jolley, Miss District of Columbia 2000 competed in the Miss America pageant where she was a finalist for the quality of life award. Rashida is a singer, harpist and speaker on abstinence and was selected by President Bush to sit on his advisory Council for HIV/AIDS. Rashida was the principal speaker for the Teen Conference of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Convention 2003. Rashida also spent a day in the Scranton area where she spoke on abstinence and self-respect at three area schools. Miss Jolley encouraged students to plan for their future, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Happiness, healthiness, and success all hinge on our self-esteem, self-control and self-motivation. Why is it on soap operas nobody gets a sexually transmitted disease? Pamela Anderson, and Janet Jackson both have sexually transmitted diseases.”

“Would you give anyone your ATM card?” she asks.

“NO!” the students answered. “Why would you give anyone your body? Your bodies are more valuable than money. A.C. Green of the NBA decided not to have sex until marriage.”

Rashida at age 15 decided to save sex for marriage. She talked to the students about the physical, emotional and social consequences of sex before marriage. Miss Jolley reached between 600 and 900 students with her message on Friday, September 26th, 2003, and 150 students during her appearance at the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Teen Conference the following day. Rashida also treated students to a soulful rendition of Amazing Grace, shared her goals for her life and encouraged teens to set goals also.

Interested persons can reach Rashida Jolley through Project Reality at www.projectreality.org

Emily Chase and students from Nyack College, did a presentation on fetal development and used drama to encourage abstinence convincing teens that marriage is worth the wait.

Emily Chase can be contacted through her website http://www.emilychase.com

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Superintendents, School Board Members, Teachers, Administrators, Principals:
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To visit the TeenSTAR Program go to www.teenstar.org